Mashreqbank to revamp data management

Mashreqbank will diversify its data management strategy with implementations from Mindscape and STME, featuring products from EMC, Veritas and StorageTek.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  August 11, 2004

Mindscape, a solution provider and systems integrator for the banking and financial services industry, has announced the implementation for Mashreqbank’s data management strategy in partnership with regional storage solutions provider STME. Building on its long-standing relationship with STME, Mindscape has added two EMC CLARiiON CX700 and CX500 systems, as well as Veritas NetBackup software and a StorageTek L700e tape library, to Mashreqbank’s arsenal of information protection tools. STME provided the technology with implementation services, training and knowledge transfer for the contract, and as with previous implementations, STME will also provide ongoing support for the new systems. “The new EMC CLARiiON solution, which performs to an enterprise standard but at a mid-range investment, will be used to run and store Mashreqbank’s open systems information, a critical aspect of the administrative operation,” says Mohamed Fouz, CEO of Mindscape. At the same time, Mindscape has implemented a new information backup strategy based on Veritas and StorageTek solutions for Mashreqbank. Relying on Veritas NetBackup and StorageTek L700e technology, Mashreqbank has replaced its distributed backup systems with a consolidated solution that enables online, centralised backups onto a single tape library, with automated offsite vaulting for information processed by the bank’s databases and applications. “In conjunction with the new EMC disk-based systems, Mashreqbank’s backup strategy eliminates the system downtime normally associated with backups, while increasing the reliability and availability of the bank’s information and applications. As Mashreqbank launches new services and garners additional marketshare, realtime access to information becomes even more vital to its operations,” adds Fouz. The implementation of mid-tier systems from EMC, integrated with Veritas and StorageTek solutions, is an extension of Mashreqbank’s cost appropriate storage model, which matches the bank’s business needs with suitably priced technology solutions. The bank is storing its most vital and critical data, including customer records, transactions, and core banking system information, on its enterprise-plus platform, the EMC Symmetrix system. While many businesses stop with this level of infrastructure, Mashreqbank have taken data protection to a more complete strategy. The mid-range CLARiiON system, which provides a lower cost of ownership, has been deployed to store Mashreqbank’s less critical but still vital data, thus protecting not just the businesses’ critical data, but all of its data. Centralising and automating the backup process with Veritas software and StorageTek technology further reduces the operational costs of managing Mashreqbank’s information. Mashreqbank’s comprehensive business continuity infrastructure works on a two-tier basis, with one system based at the main data centre and the other on a remote site, thus eliminating the possibility of data loss in the event of a system disruption. This infrastructure provides an essential safeguard for Mashreqbank, which relies on the integrity and availability of vast amounts of financial information, and operates a zero tolerance policy on data loss. “Mashreqbank’s latest storage deployment reflects the bank’s commitment to really understanding the business value of its data before selecting a platform on which to store and manage this information. Logically, the most critical details are maintained on the highest performance system, with a similarly robust but less costly system now in place for more administrative data. STME anticipates that other regional banks will adopt a similar perspective on information management over the next year,” says Andrew Calthorpe, senior corporate vice president, STME.

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